If you have an email account with your very own personal domain and not a third-party one, you’ll be able to make use of an email software app such as Thunderbird, Apple Mail or Outlook to check and manage your mailboxes. The benefit of using such apps is that you can also take advantage of other features, such as calendars and address books. There are two different email protocols that you can choose from when you configure the application of your choosing to access your mailbox – POP3 and IMAP. With the first one, all messages that are received will be downloaded to your device – mobile or desktop, unless you opt to keep a copy on the mail server. With the second one, the messages will be displayed at your end, but they will stay on the server at all times, so you can set up the account on numerous devices and check the email messages from any place. You will also be able to check old email messages if there’s an issue with your Internet connection, which is an enormous advantage over a web-based email service.